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  • Moses Maimonides was a twelfth century rabbi and philosopher whose works rank with the greatest and most respected Judaic writings of all time. Here is what he has to say about circumcision, in his oeuvre, "The Guide of the Perplexed".

    With regard to circumcision, one of the reasons for it is, in my opinion, the wish to bring about a decrease in sexual intercourse and a weakening of the organ in question, so that this activity be diminished and the organ be in as quiet a state as possible.

    The perfection and perpetuation of this Law can only be achieved if circumcision is performed in childhood... the parents of a child that is just born take lightly matters concerning it, for up to that time the imaginative form that compels the parents to love it is not yet consolidated. For this imaginative form increases through habitual contact and grows with the growth of the child. Then it begins to decrease and to disappear, I refer to this imaginative form. For the love of the father and of the mother for the child when it has just been born is not like their love for it when it is one year old, and their love for it when it is one year old is not like their love when it is six years old. Consequently if it were left uncircumcised for two or three years, this would necessitate the abandonment of circumcision because of the father's love and affection for it. At the time of its birth, on the other hand, this imaginative form is very weak, especially as far as concerns the father upon whom this commandment is imposed. Circumcision Information and Resource Pages

  • She had to steer clear of the Jewish question--tricky because circumcision is a covenant demanded by God of Abraham in Genesis Chapter 17, with the ceremony performed by a mohel (ritual circumciser)-until a Florida lawyer asked her if she was anti-Semitic because she wasn't fighting for the rights of Jewish babies. Now she sends out information about bris Milla (Jewish circumcision rituals) to those looking for a kinder, gentler way. Circ Info Network 941130

  • Parental consent shouldn't stop litigators: If I sign a consent form that my doctor can sodomize my son, he'd still be liable, I'd think. --Jewish reader Circ Info Network 941116

  • We are interested in finding out more information about your network. We have chosen not to circumcise our son and are ecstatic about our decision, much to the chagrin of our family. We are also interested in talking to Jewish people who have chosen not to circumcise. We are wondering if these people are active in other aspects of the Jewish religion and what problems they have encountered, and any solutions to these problems. We are looking forward to hearing from and talking to you. --Proud Parents Circ Info Network 950211

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Circumcision Table of Contents

Alternative Bris

Jewish Support Groups for Intact Babies

Is it Anti-Semitic to Question Circumcision?

It's a Boy!

Jewish Issues and Responses

Fertility, Circumcision, Prostate Cancer

The Medical Basis for Routine Circumcision
A quest for official medical authorities of the western world that advocate child circumcision. The historical basis of the procedure.

Child Circumcision
How did it become popular in the us? Why is it in such rapid decline today?

Protect Your Son
How a father discovered, too late, that circumcision is not a good thing.

Self-Test for Sexual Sensitivity
How much of your sexual sensitivity has been cut away?

Do Not Promote Circumcision for Cancer Prevention
says the American Cancer Society

Penile Reduction Surgery
Quotes from the medical profession.

Sexual Mutilation
Quotes from internet resources.

Horror Stories
Many live with problems resulting from involuntary circumcision.

The Circumcision Decision
Answers to your questions about infant circumcision.

Care of Intact Boys
Answers to your questions about your young son's intact penis.

Anatomy of the Penis and Mechanics of Intercourse
The physical function of the foreskin.
by Geoffrey T. Falk

Listing of Publications and Organizations
Support for parents who want to protect their family from involuntary genital alteration.

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